Effortless Yoga for the Masses

Posted on August 21, 2007
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avisolo at Flickr has uploaded scans of “Yoga at Home” a guide in comic book for by the Yoga Institute of Santa Cruz, Mumbai. The book follows the Amar Chitra Katha/Tinkle kind of comic art, and explain practical yoga for the householder. It covers not just the Aasanas, but also good practices and recommends an overall lifestyle based on good yogic principles.
Clicking on the image below will take you the Flickr slideshow:
Yoga at home
(Image copyright avisolo)

Simple things like walking in the morning sun, looking at a lit candle at eye-level, washing your nose with saline solution and gently rubbing your forehead are all described. I wish I would just start practicing half of what’s in the guide – it’s not like it is the hardest thing in the world. The slideshow really, truly made my day!

Sanjay Patel’s Little Book of Hindu Deities

Posted on January 5, 2007
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Sanjay Patel is a delightful artist. His book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow is a very gentle introduction to the pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. If you have absolutely no clue about Hindu Mythology, this is the book for you. Need I say that even if you are Hindu, this might make a wonderful gifts for the tiny tots?
The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

The book is 144 pages long, and you can see sample pages and the sketches at the artist’s site. While you are at Sanjay’s site, check out the free desktop wallpapers and the cute T-shirts with Hindu Gods and Goddesses for sale.

Good Books to Learn Sanskrit (Samskritam)

Posted on December 22, 2006
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In the beginning, when I wanted to learn Sanskrit, I started looking for useful websites that teach the language. I came across a great many websites, and some were exceptionally useful, but I was frustrated after a short while. For one, to learn using websites, you need to be online and use your computer. Another reason for my frustration was that no website offered a comprehensive tutorial or an easy to follow plan. I will write about the websites I encountered in another post. This post will concentrate on the best books money can buy to learn Sanskrit. A rudimentary knowledge of Sanskrit is essential for those interested in Hindu culture. It will open doors of understanding into yoga, tantra, the karmas needs to ensure happiness and the principles of hindu dharma. Even with the availability of many guides in English, there is nothing like learning the principles from the source. So I hope this article will be handy for those starting out with their yoga practice, vedic learning, and those looking for advice from the Vedas on how to live the complete life.

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